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. >> i'm very troubled by it, it being chuck hagel's imaginary connection to an imaginary organization that only exists on the bright bart server and in rand paul's mind. that's who gets to vote. very troubled about this terrorist organization he heard about in a chat room somewhere. don't feel bad, russia every country has got them. we just give them more power than most countries do. >>> republicans ha s have block nomination yesterday. that has never happened in this country yesterday. we have been hit by meteors, but this we have never done. now the senate is in recess. the second confirmation will probably happen in a week and a half, unless, of course we have to hold rand paul's emergency hearings on the president's birth certificate or something that they find more compelling than having a defense secretary when we have 66,000 americans in a hot war. we'll see you monday night at 9:00 for premiere of the brand new documentary "hubris: the selling of the iraq war" "weekends with alex witt" starts now. >>> the president gets personal. president obama talks publicly about something
personal on capitol hill, the fight over chuck hagel. we'll explain. >>> what happened? theories on the meteorite that exploded over russia, and another incident you may not have heard about. >>> a new twist today in the cruise ship nightmare. welcome to "weekends with alex wit." what's happening out there. new word from president obama, taking on the gop on the right. and the president arrived in florida last night for the weekend, but not before his weekend address. time to finish the job by cutting the deficit $4 billion. >> you can make bigger cuts to education and job training and social security benefits. senior citizens and working families to bear the burden of deficit reduction, while the wealthiest are asked to do nothing more. >> that won't work, we can't cut our way to prosperity. >> republicans aren't holding back, criticizing the president over the upcoming threat of sequestration, if nothing is done to avoid it, massive funding cuts to the federal government will be triggered march 1st. >> in his state of the union address, these cuts were a really bad idea. what t
are dying. middle east peace breaking up. that doesn't matter. the national debt. chuck hagel. that doesn't matter. there's a cruise ship outside of mobile bay. let's get a helicopter on them. >> wait a minute. wait a minute. >> that's quite a move. >> one little problem. >> what? what's that? >> the world didn't actually stop. and other things are happening. and hagel's -- >> oh, okay. >> -- vote was delayed. it will be well over another week before the senate reconsiders the nomination of chuck hagel. >> really? >> at the pentagon. >> this is the first time hearing of this. when did this happen? did they make this decision on the cruise ship? >> no. no, they didn't. it actually happened in washington. >> really? that's fascinating. >> which is its own permanent port-a-potty. >> okay. mika, for those of us that were just sitting there looking at a cruise ship for 24 hours instead of following the real news, why don't you catch us up with what actually happened yesterday in the news. >> republicans blocked a vote yesterday that would have ended the debate and allowed for a final decision
. >>> senate republicans block a vote to confirm defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd has the very latest. good morning, chuck. >> good morning, natalie. president obama is standing by his embattled defense secretary nominee, chuck hagel as his former senate republican nominee put up that roadblock that is an attempt not just to kill the nomination but also delay it. >> the ayes are 58. the nays are 40. >> chuck hagel came up short of a 60 vote filibuster roadblock that senate republicans demanded, delaying what could still be his confirmation vote by at least two weeks. president obama was emphatic in his defense of his embattled nominee. >> chuck hagel, who richly deserves to get a vote on the floor of the senate, will be confirmed as our defense secretary. it's just unfortunate that this kind of politics intrudes at a time when i'm still preside iin over a war in afghanistan. >> reporter: some republicans want more time because they say hagel hasn't provided enough information on speeches he gave in the last five years
. >> heather: new details in the showdown over the confirmation of chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. after successfully blocking his nomination last week, senate republicans including senator lindsay graham say they have a lot more issues to iron out before moving forward with his confirmation at the end of this month. national correspondent steve centanni is live in washington. what exactly senator graham's latest concern? >> it's his supported of israel. he said to have made this speech and here is lindsay graham this morning on fox news sunday. >> allegedly senator hagel said that the u.s. state department was an adjunct of the israeli foreign minister's office which i think would be breathtaking if he said that to have such a view. i got a letter back in response to my question, did you say that and do you believe that. and the letter said he did not recall saying that and disavows the statement. >> unless new information comes to light and john mccain, even though he think hagel is not qualified, senate should confirm him because of reasonable amount of time for questions to be
in the senate. but it now appears chuck hagel will get that vote when senators return. at least two top republicans say they will stop efforts to stall his confirmation. that filibuster came a day after hagel was approved by the armed services by a party-line vote. one of his most vocal opponents says while he doesn't believe hagel is qualified, he won't hold up the process. >> i thought we had an agreement to wait a week so the remaining questions would be answered, but i understand the white house wanted a vote. they got a vote. we will have a vote when we get back. i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. >> the gop it says blocked hagel's nomination in an effort to further examine his record and views on israel and iran. senate majority leader harry reid hopes to bring a final vote to the floor when congress goes back in session next monday. >>> residents in coastal new england are cleaning up after yet another blast of winter weather following the big blizzard last weekend. parts of the northeast including
. >> premonition. >> okay. fair enough. go ahead. >> in other news, chuck hagel is still days away from a senate vote -- >> because really, how can a bill destroy america when it's not even in effect? >> are we going to hear from lindsey again on the hagel story? god bless. >> is it really only one republican in washington, d.c. that can do sunday shows? john mccain would be good. >> yeah, he's 234not going to v for him. at the earliest, it won't happen until lawmakers return to washington next week after a ten-day recess. senator john mccain, one of hagel's most outspoken critics, pushed back against suggestions that his opposition was meant to settle old scores. >> is it payback time for chuck hagel? that's what this process has amounted to? >> of course not. 99% of it is to do with the positions that senator hagel has taken. the positions he's taken on various issues has frankly been not only out of the mainstream but far to the left. we will have a vote when we get back, and i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. w
in the senate on president obama's new national security team. will chuck hagel become the nation's new secretary of defense? all this and more just ahead. ♪ [ female announcer ] from tracking the bus. ♪ to tracking field conditions. ♪ wireless is limitss. . ... ♪ [ female announcer from more efficient payments. ♪ to more efficient pick-ups. ♪ wireless is limitless. jon: shocking new report about al qaeda and hole grown terror. it shows the group still able to adapt and diversify despite major setbacks over the years. the report looks at more than 1 70 individuals suspected or convicted of al qaeda-related plots right here in the united states. they include major nadal hasan accused of shooting 13 people in the fort hood massacre. also dote nating a crude car bomb in times square in 2010 and jose padilla,, currently behind bars on conspiracy to murder and kidnap and maim people in a foreign country. that is just the tip of the iceberg. all this comes as we mark 20 years to the day since al qaeda first attacked the world trade center in 1993. chief intelligence correspondent
. chuck hagel's confirmation vote denayed . they join us sharing the view on hagel and the confirmation hearings and what it means for the gop. >> how are you doing, uma. >> good to sigh you. i think chuck hagel is a good man and patriot and controversial figure and in the hearingings, he didn't perform that well. but the republicans didn't perform well at all . asked 178 questions about israel and ignoired the rest of the world . so i don't think the republican party came out well but the fact that they didn't vote on him in commit eye is problematic. >> you think political theater? >> i do think that is there. clearly a number of the republicans wanted to show they are pro israel and hagel was not and they wanted to force him to take back statements he had made. they haven't over the end of the cold war and moved on to a new era which president obama has. his idea basically of staying out of new wars in iran and basically closing down the war in iraq and getting out of stanford and not going into syria. i think that is it pretty much comports with what the american people want. they h
be moved up sooner. a showdown over the confirmation over senator chuck hagel shall the man president obama has picked to be the next secretary of defense. tonight one high ranking republican says a vote to confirm him should be allowed to happen. and the republicans successful solved his nomination, over a slew of concerns including the position over israel and iran and questions about how the white house has handled the terror attacks on our u.s. consulate in libya have also become part of the debate over chuck hagel. and steve scentanni is live with us. >> some republicans are questioning the qualifications of chuck hagel at the pentagon, but probably be confirmed anyway, now, hagel was widely criticized during his performance during the confirmation hearing and they delayed the vote so they'd have more time to ask the questions about the nominee, they say there should be be no hurry. and it's an important position. and here is senator lindsey graham on fox news sunday. >> i think we're doing our job to scrutinize, i think, one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of de
for at least a few more days. republicans in the senate have blocked a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of playing politics. but they deny it. >>> and also, senator frank lautenberg makes it official. he will not run for his current term. he is the oldest member of the senate. he will not seek a sixth term. that eliminates a primary battle between newark, new jersey, mayor, cory booker. he's announced his intent to run for the senate in december. >>> and rahm emanuel is reportedly considering a white house run in 2016. "the daily beast" says imew ema would run if hillary clinton does not. emanuel used to be president obama's chief of staff, in addition to working in the clinton white house, as well. we just had the inauguration. already, the chatter about 2016. >> throwing it in. >> it's always the next election. >> what's coming up next? >>> and what's coming up next for you guys is weather across our nation. light sno
'll attempt to block the nominations of chuck hagel and john brennan, accusing the white house of stone walling. he wants to know what the president was doing at the time of the september attack on the u.s. consulate in libya that killed four americans. >>> i don't think we should allow brennan to go forward for the c.i.a. director ship, hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the white house gives an accounting. did the president pick up the phone and call anyone to help. >> with his take on benghazi, the hagel brennan confirmation and looming sequester is richard bloomen tholl. i trust the weather's not too bad where you are. >> the roads are building cleared and people ought to shovel now, as you have suggested, rather than waiting, but we're undigging, digging out. and it's winter, it's new england. it's snow and we're dealing with it. >> i grew up in canada so i know about snow. >> let me go to what senator graham said on "face the nation" where he said he's going to do everything he can to block the nominations of john brennan and chuck hagel until and unless the presi
at a farewell dinner for panetta. who will be replaced by chuck hagel if replaced by the senate. >>> and michelle obama plans to travel to chicago to attend the funeral for 15-year-old hadiya pendleton. an honor a student and band majorette who participated in the inauguration festivities. hadiya was the victim of gun violence last week. fatally shot about a mile from the obama home. no arrests have been made. >> now to our big story of the day, that potentially historic blizzard bearing down on the northeast. if jim cantore shows up in your town it's bad news. jim is live in boston this morning. jim, how bad will it be? >> reporter: going to be bad. i brought a yardstick with me. we're starting with nothing. nothing on the ground pap few patches. we're ready to measure this thing. a high impact event coming from the northeast and that's why the governor said look we want you off the roads by noon. all non-essential, non-emergency personnel please be off the road by noon. we just have to think back to this blizzard that happened in 1978 almost 35 years ago to the day that crippl
nominee for defense secretary, chuck hagel after he sometimes halting, sometimes uninformed testimony at his confirmation hearing, testimony that confirmed republicans doubts. >> i am deeply concerned about what i saw last week. i think i'm leaning no on this nomination and i will tell you why. it was shocking to me when he was asked about our policy toward iran, that the fundamental threats to our country that he didn't know that our policy was not containment. that was shocking. >> reporter: also facing scrutiny, c.i.a. director john brennan who performed well in the confirmation hearings but some senators want to hold his nomination up until they get more information on the benghazi cover-up. >> it is absolutely central the documents be supplied before the confirmation moves forward. >> reporter: treasury-secretary, jack lew is facing new potential troubles in advance of his confirmation hearings. financial forms reveals that he held up $100,000 in a offshore hedge fund in the cayman islands. they have been repeatedly criticized by president obama. there is also some indications th
slapped down by veteran colleagues. "early today" is back in two minutes. >>> chuck hagel is one step closer to becoming secretary of defense. an entire senate vote. hearings became heated after texas senator ted cruz suggested hagel received money from what he called, quote, extreme and radical groups. >> this senator feels like that senator cruz has gone over the line. he basically has impugned the patriotism of the nominee. >> senator hagel is an honorable man. he's served his country and no one on this committee at anytime should impugn his character or his integrity. >> meanwhile, treasury secretary nominee jack lew heads to capitol hill for his confirmation hearing. if confirmed he will succeed timothy geithner. he announced his resignation last month. >>> one moment from marco rubio's statement. rubio reached off camera for a small bottle of water. the awkward water break immediately drew thousands of reactions on twitter. it was a top twitter reaction. >>> conditions seem to be going from bad to worse aboard the abandoned cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. those on board descr
a busy week ahead. today, the senate is expected to vote on whether to move forward on chuck hagel's nomination as secretary of defense. >>> chicago voters in former congressman jesse jackson jr.'s district will brave the snow to cast their vote in today's special primary to replace him. >>> if the senate finance committee approves jack lew as the treasury secretary today a full senate vote could come as early as tomorrow. >>> on top of all that, could lawmakers prevent the sequester's $75 billion automatic spending cuts? nbc's tracie potts is live in washington. good morning to you. who feels those cuts first if congress fails to act, a lot of people are asking? >> reporter: a lot of people could. we're talking about heating assistance, food for new mothers being scaled back, fewer dollars for school construction, unemployment checks for long-term unemployed people could be cut back 10%. with all of that going on in washington, president obama is headed out of washington, headed south to newport news, virginia, where he'll speak at the business of a shipbuilder that has ties to jo
appears chuck hagel will get the vote when senators return. two top republicans say they will stop efforts to stall his confirmation. that filibuster came a day after hagel was approved by the armed services committee on a party-line vote. one of his most vocal opponents says while he doesn't believe hagel is qualified, he won't hold up the process. >> i thought we had an agreement to wait a week so the remaining questions would be answered, but i understand the white house wanted a vote. they got a vote. we will have a vote when we get back. i'm confident that senator hagel will probably have the votes necessary to be confirmed as the secretary of defense. >> the gop it says blocked hagel's nomination in an effort to further examine his record and views on israel and iran. senate majority leader harry reid hopes to bring a final vote to the floor when congress goes back in session next monday. >>> residents in coastal new england are cleaning up after yet another blast of winter weather following the big blizzard last weekend. parts of the northeast including massachusetts got up to six i
a vote on chuck hagel, president obama's choice to replace pea any ta. the committee wants more information about hagel's finances. >>> and news that the postal service is cutting back mail delivery to five days a week is not sitting well in rural areas of the country or with letter carriers but the post master carrier said it's a choice the service had to make. danielle nottingham reports. >> reporter: no more mail on saturdays. to save money, the u.s. postal service is ending saturday first-class mail delivery beginning in august. many customers saw this day coming. >> i think it's probably long overdue because they've been having so many budget issues. >> i've been doing everything online for a really long time so i don't think it's necessarily going impact my world. >> reporter: over the past six years the postal service lost $41 billion despite laying off 35% of its work force. >> it would be irresponsible for the postal service not to pursue this course. we are in a situation where we are obligated to make some tough choices and decisions. >> local post offices with saturd
. under president obama, the have reportedly been more than 360. >>> the vote on chuck hagel's nomination to be secretary of defense has been postponed. the senate armed services committee put it off after republicans demanded more information on speeches hagel made. plus, who paid him for the speeches. there's also been this concern over hagel's performance during the question and answer sessions at his confirmation hearing. >>> closed hearings resume today in the chandra levy murder case. her convicted killer ingmar guandique was brought from an alabama prison back to washington, d.c. to attend the closed door hearing. he was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison. we've learned that the hearings stem from some sort of problem with a witness who helped send ingmar guandique to prison. the judge in the case is refusing to release details of the hearings citing safety concerns. >>> right now an annapolis woman is behind bars and charged with killing her 2-year- old daughter. 25-year-old chelsea booth has been arrested. authorities say that she killed the child earlier this
with the state department and is now making changes. >>> chuck hagel's nomination to be the next defense secretary remains on track, have an though republicans demanded more information about his dealings and a vote was put on hold yesterday. the senate armed committee services decided to postpone the vote. they still expect hagel will be confirmed. >> a nasty nor'easter barreling towards the northeast. we can start getting a light wintery mix tonight. sue has more. >> reporter: we're not going to get the nasty part of that storm but it's going to be historic from new england and new york city and boston. that is the brunt of it. locally? and let me start with radar. we're watching two systems that will be one big storm off of the east coast and too far north. we will get a bit of rain later tonight and as that precipitation pushes north, it might be cold enough in some areas to begin as a mix of sleet, snow, or freezeing rain and as that happens, 11, 12:00, might be later than that, we have advisories going into affect in this area. the blizzard warnings in log island, massachusetts, co
of relief ] [ male announcer ] choose taste. choose prego. >>> new signs say that chuck hagel will be confirmed. he is what senator john mccain. >> i don't believe he is qualified. but i don't believe that we should hold up his nomination any further. >> i want to bring in former senator bob kerry, democrat from nebraska also former president of the new school. good to see you again. >> let's start in broad terms. what do you think of the republican treatment of chuck hagel? >> i think it is legitimate that they have questions about some foreign policy decisions he has made in the past. i think particularly senator cruz and others went too far in applying as a consquence that somehow he is dangerous to the united states. he won the election to decide who wants to be secretary of defense. >> what do you think was behind a lot of that? >> i think it had a lot to do with a sort of neoconservative movement who are very angry to senator hagel about the surge and critical comments he made and has to do with a number of conservative jewish americans who are concerned about his jews o
better for chuck hagel to be confirmed as defense secretary, perhaps as early as next week. although some lawmakers are softening their criticism. tough opposition continues on capitol hill. >> yeah. >> in a letter, 15 republican senators urged for hagel to withdraw his nomination including marco rubio and ted cruz. the letters read, in part, "while we respect senator hagel's honorable military service in the interest of national security, we respectfully request that you withdraw his nomination. it would be unprecedented for a secretary of defense to take office without the broad base of bipartisan support and confidence needed to serve effectively in this critical position. ted cruz at it again, with respect, with respect, with respect. in the last 50 years, no other secretary of defense has been confirmed with more than three members voting against him and in the entire history of the position, no one has been confirmed with more than 11 no votes." >> that's sort of circular logic. you could make that argument. democrats could do that to any republican. if we just get 20 or 30 against
he's talking about possibly delaying chuck hagel's nomination. and also wayne lapierre. this is very important. because if you look at the profiles of all the people that committed these mass murders in newtown and aurora and across -- virginia tech, they are all hispanic drug gang leaders. and that's exactly what wayne lapierre said in an op-ed that americans need to buy guns because those latin americans are coming to america, and they're going to kill you people. this is who a lot of republicans in congress are thinking about falling off -- don't do it. don't hurt our party anymore. let wayne lapierre go wherever he wants to go. he's going to destroy the party. we're going to talk about the crazy op-ed has horrible for our party's image, horrible for the conservative movement's image, goes against everything ronald reagan stood for. we'll talk about that in a minute. first, breaking news. this is bizarre. the feel-good story of the olympic games involved in possibly murder. >> this was a total jaw-dropper this morning. oscar pistorius, for those people who don't know, is a south a
, and it sure isn't going to happen with chuck hagel whom we can discuss. but the whole idea that in this reckless fashion, congress is not stopping this move to sequester of the defense or the nondefense budget just boggles my mind. i haven't been there in two years, but the people who are there are shaking their heads. let me say this. i was in munich recently for the security conference, my 11th time with john mccain, lindsey graham and a on the of others. the europeans who have economic structural problems are trying to increase their defense capability and shaking their heads at us and looking at the fact that we don't have serious problems, but we're manufacturing these economic problems and may be slashing the heck out of our defense budget for this crazy political circus that sadly is congress now. >> mike barnicle. >> jane, let's stick with security. i mean, you were in the house intelligence committee when you were in congress, and now there's a lot of talk about the proposal to have a special court for drone strikes. and yet drone strikes are quite often, almost al
of this face two moments up on capitol hill. a senate committee may vote to confirm chuck hagel as the next defense secretary. a different committee hold as hearing for the man picked to run the cia. john brennan. for more of these controversial nominees, let's bring in our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, and gloria borger. dana, what are your sources telling you about chuck hagel's confirmation? >> reporter: well, you know, there are supposed to be at least the chairman, carl levin wants a vote in the senate armed services committee tomorrow but it might not happen. one may reason is that many republicans on the committee don't want it to. we're told that they are circulating a letter urging senator levin to delay it. and they say, these republicans, that they are still waiting for key information from hagel. for example, senator lindsey graham told me he still doesn't p have information about the speeches that hagel gave, who he spoke to, what he said, and what he was paid. and the ranking committee, james inhoff said he's looking for people to slow this train down. senator
confident that things are shifting in their direction. >> let's shift gears with you, amie. chuck hagel's team pushing back hard on reports that he might drop out as secretary of defense? >> my sense is he'll be confirmed, taking a little longer, but white house is confident they have the votes to push him in. he is getting ready for the post, so i anticipate it will happen in the coming days. >> ed, what's behind the senate armed services committee, still not scheduling a vote? >> republicans on the economy want to know how he made money in recent years. worked with a lot of foreign outlets and hasn't disclosed that information. he says fiduciary responsibility not to get into that you need 60 to hold off a filibuster. five republicans in the senate wouldn't support a filibuster. no cabinet nominee has ever been filibustered in the senate, not in modern times, if that were to happen, the wheels would come off in the senate, the democrats will woo get apoplectic and change the rules as punishment. might they wait a few more days to get month information? yes. is chuck hagel going to los
blocked a vote on chuck hagel's nomination. and since congress is in recess for the president's day holiday, the next time the nomination can be taken up is a week from monday. president obama accused republicans of simply playing politics, charges they deny. >>> also one more political note. the oldest lawmaker in the senate has announced he will not run again. new jersey's frank lautenberg turned 89 last month. the last world war ii veteran serving in the senate. he faced a likely challenge from the my your of newark, new jersey, cory booker. the senator has been a staunch advocate of gun control and a big champion of the amtrak rail system. >>> another lawmaker in the news. congressman steve cohen says the young woman he was tweeting with during today's state of the union address was his secret daughter. he said he only discovered her existence three years ago after receiving a tweet from her. he said he was overwhelmed with joy that she actually wanted him in his life. initially, his staff did say that he was tweeting with the daughter of a long-time friend. >>> illinois is a st
politics. chuck hagel conference has been delayed. hagel has not spoken to the president since his contentious confirmation hearings. he still meeting with senators to shore up the votes. >>> senator mork yoe rubio of florida will be delivering the gop response to president obama's state of the union address. rubio will speak first in english and he'll also prerecord a version in spanish for the spanish language network. >>> scott brown declined to say if he would run for governor of massachusetts next year. he hinted about a political future telling politicalo, i'm no dead. >>> there will be a new senator sworn in today for massachusetts, cowan will fill the john kerry seat until a special election in june. >>> on tuesday, maryland's two senators will get the spoils of victory for the baltimore ravens beating the san francisco 49ers. california senators barbara boxer and dianne feinstein will deliver crabs, napa valley wine, sow dough bread and cheese to the winners. >>> thomas massy of kentucky is sponsoring a new bill that will legalize nonsmokeable strain of marijuana. it is ca
, live in washington. thanks, tahman. >>> and more political news this morning. chuck hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. on a party line vote of 14-11, the armed services committee has voted to send hagel's nomination, now, to the full senate. republicans had threatened to block the nomination. but it now appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> former navy s.e.a.l. chris kyle has been laid to rest in texas. family members and fellow s.e.a.l.s looked on as his motorcade traveled through austin for burial. kyle was shot to death by an iraqi war vet earlier this month at a gun range. eddie routh has been charged with murdering kyle and his friend, chad littlefield. >>> pope benedict told ash wednesday worshipers he is resigning for the good of the roman catholic church. his service at the vatican this morning is among his last official duties as pope. and is the first time he's been in public since making his bombshell resignation announcement. some worshipers cheered when they saw benedict. his term officially ends february 28th. >>> and b
hearing, the chances of chuck hagel becoming secretary of defense are greater than 24 hours ago because john mccain and three other colleagues of his indicated they would oppose the use of a filibuster to try to block the nomination, rejecting an idea floated over the weekend by senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and others. move by mccain and others now suggest hagel is going to have enough support to be confirm. the nomination is expected to go to the full senate floor this thursday. >>> last night in the book touring supreme court justice sonia sotomayor made a rare television appearance. she was on the colbert report. she talked about her childhood in the bronx, faith in the constitution, but she got a little bit coy when stephen tried to draw her into specifics. >> not all of us believe in the constitution. the second amendment is never to be questioned. do you believe that we have the right to have any weapon we want? >> well, you'll find out soon enough when the case comes up. >> this is what i like. this is what i like. >> all right. stick around. we're going to take a quick
. >> a senate panel has postponed on chuck hagel's to become defense secretary. republicans said they were dissatisfied with information he lastded the panel during week's confirmation hearing. they want more details about his as hiseeches as well business dealings. the former nebraska senator faced opposition for his his statements as well as israel, iran, and nuclear weapons. , thesigned president obama lady, and vice-president will attend a national prayer breakfast. thousands of people from 140 expected at the nonpartisan gathering at the washington hilton. afternoon the president leesburg toto the house democratic virginia.ference in >> it's 31 degrees outside. still ahead, the virginia lieutenant governor bill bolling has stepped out of the gop race but does he have has stepped out of the gop race but does he have has stepped out of the gop race but does he have we gotta sell the car. where would we even start? get the car. hi howard. get in. hi, good to see you. start with an actual written offer when selling your car, no strings attached. carmax. start here. >> good morning, washin
without a replacement. a confirmation vote for president obama's nominee chuck hagel is expected in the next few days. >>> 18 after the hour now. john brennan is on track to be the next cia director despite -- members of the senate intelligence committee grilled brennan about his defense of unmanned drones to target and kilter roar suspects overseas. that includes u.s. citizens. he told the committee that the obama administration only uses drone strikes when there are no other options. >> i think there is a misimpression on the part of american people who believe we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take such actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative to taking an action that's going to mitigate that threat. >> pro esters interrupted the hearing several times much the head of the committee, dianne feinstein had capitol police clear the room of all spectators. that hearing later resumed with only senate staff members and reporters there. >>> today comedian stephen colbert will s
. thanks, tahman. >>> and more political news this morning. chuck hagel could be approved as defense secretary by the end of the week. on a partly line vote of 14-11, the committee has voted to send his nomination. it now appears there are enough votes to approve it. >>> chris kyle has been lied to rest in texas. family members and fellow s.e.a.l.s looked on as his motorcade moved for burial. he was shot by an iraq war vet earlier this month at a gun range. >>> millions of christians around the world observed the beginning of lent today. in one of his last official duties, pope benedict celebrates the ash wednesday mass at the vatican. it marks the first time the pope has been seen in public since his bombshell resignation announcement. his term will officially end the last day of the month, february 28th. >>> and bookies are taking big bets on who will be chosen as the next pope. marc ouellet is the favorite. >>> people in cape cod are still struggling to clean up from last week's monster blizzard. the storm also caused widespread beach erosion, washing away 20 feet to 30 feet of re
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